It allowed me to forge a man of steel or stone, as flexible and clever as any soldier. As an army, they were invincible. But I told no one the cost... ―Caridin

Golems are creatures of hewn stone or sheets of metal animated with a spark of lyrium. A magical, not mechanical, process animates the golem, making it more of a living "iron/stone creature".[1] Most commonly made of rock, they rarely speak.[2] A magical control rod can be used to gain complete command of a golem. A golem which lacks a control rod retains free will.

Golems were invented by the Paragon Caridin in -225 Ancient (940 TE),[3] when the First Blight was threatening both the surface and the dwarven empire. Paragon Hirol later improved the golem design.

Background Edit

Caridin built the magical Anvil of the Void specifically for the process of building golems. Because he could not create new life, he had to use dwarven volunteers and turn them into golems. The process involves dressing the volunteer in armor the size of the golem, then pouring molten lyrium through the eye holes, mouth hole, and joints of the armor. Before it cools, the armor is hammered and shaped to perfection. Enchanted control rods were used to turn the golems into perfectly obedient soldiers, at the cost of their free will.

Because the golems led to incredible victories against the darkspawn, who were steadily destroying the dwarven civilization, many dwarves gladly volunteered.


A golem[2]

When King Valtor began forcing criminals, casteless, and political dissidents into golems, Caridin refused to create any more golems after six years of continuous production. By order of the King he was turned into a golem himself, but Caridin's apprentices could not create a control rod, so Caridin kept his own mind.[4] Soon afterwards he disappeared as well as the Anvil.

The dwarves mounted many expeditions to find the Anvil but all of them failed. The last rescue operation was mounted by Queen Getha. She sent the entire Legion of Steel, an all-golem battalion. With great fanfare, the Legion left Orzammar but they were never heard from again. The Shaperate declared Caridin dead, extinguishing the last kindle of hope. Due to the incalculable loss of the Legion of Steel, Queen Getha was deposed.[4] Since then, Caridin is the protector of the Anvil of the Void, wishing he never invented it.

The few golems that remained in Orzammar, each irreplaceable, have been carefully protected by the Shaper of Golems over the centuries. They are only called out in the direst of emergencies.[4]

Other dwarven smiths have sought to rediscover Caridin's secrets, but to no avail.[4] Later experiments to create golems using an alternate source, such as fade spirits, were successful in creating uncontrollable flesh golems.

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During the Fifth Blight, the Warden is able to track down Caridin, by following Branka's footsteps (Branka being the last dwarf who mounted an expedition to find Caridin, two years before). The Warden can either ally with Caridin to destroy the Anvil of the Void, destroying for good the only way to create new golems; or ally with Branka and allow her to create new golems to protect Orzammar. Some of those golems are later sent to help the Warden's armies during the Battle of Denerim.
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During Hawke's expedition to Vimmark Wasteland, if Hawke sides with Janeka at the Tower Base, Larius will attack with three customized stone Golems.

During the Kirkwall Rebellion, Knight-Commander Meredith, with her lyrium sword created from the red lyrium idol of the Primeval Thaig, was able to transfer a part of lyrium of the sword in the statues of the Gallows, turning them into golems.

Types Edit

Notable golems Edit


Shale of House Cadash, one of the first golem volunteers

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: Golem
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Inferno Golem
Ico codex entry Codex entry: Caridin's Journal
Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Legion of Steel
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: The Gate Guardians

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age: Origins: Prima Official Game Guide, p. 148
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 173
  3. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 32
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Caridin and Golems - BioWare wiki
  5. Codex entry: Legend of the Juggernaut
  6. Codex entry: Constellation: Servani
  7. Dragon Age Legends
  8. Encountered in Dragon Age Legends.
  9. Encountered in Dragon Age Legends.